2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Program Requirements

Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology?   

The plastics and rubber programs at Ferris State University are among the largest in the United States. The Plastics Engineering Technology and the Rubber Engineering Technology four-year degree programs are fed by this common first two-year curriculum which introduces the student to the world of polymer materials. Plastics and rubber employment continue to grow yearly. The graduates out of each of the two bachelor degree programs gain immediate status as successful technical leaders. 

The innovative two-year curriculum of study provides students with a background in such topics as materials testing, processing, tooling, product development, and an exploration of the career possibilities within this vast industry. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, using similar equipment that is currently used in industry. Most students continue their education past the first two years to receive their Bachelor's degree in either Plastics Engineering Technology or Rubber Engineering Technology. 

Partnership with Industry

Both the plastics and rubber industries have long shown support for the polymer programs here at Ferris. They have sponsored the construction of the National Elastomer Center (NEC), the building that houses these programs. The National Elastomer Center contains state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and classrooms. Many companies actively support these programs by donating equipment and materials, making on-campus presentations, and sponsoring field trips to their facilities.

Students also serve a paid industry internship. This experience gives the student valuable, first-hand experience before graduation. Some internships occur out-of-state, and some assist with room and board accommodations to attract students to their facilities. This summer experience helps students determine what type of position they want to pursue after graduation.

Career Opportunities

After completing the two-year program, students are immediately employable within the polymer industry.  Or, if they choose, they are prepared to enter the Bachelor degree program in Plastics Engineering Technology or in Rubber Engineering Technology. Associate degree students usually start employment in first-level salaried positions such as manufacturing technician, laboratory technician, or foreman/supervisor.  Salaries typically start at approximately $45,000 per year. Bachelor degree graduates begin at approximately $52,000 to $80,000 per year and can accelerate at a rapid pace in the years that follow. 

More Information

School of Design and Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology Programs
919 Campus Drive, NEC 211
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2640


Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890


Required Courses
Credit Hours


Survey Plastics-Elastomer Tech
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Intro to Processing
Industrial Internship
Intro to Injection Molding
Plastics Prod Development 1
Plts & Plym Material Slctn 1
Plastics Testing
Intro to Rubber Technology
Electrical Fundamentals
Engr Graphics Comprehensive
Fluid Power With Controls
Manufacturing Processes